Too Small Tola

By Atinuke

Illustrated by Onyinye Iwu

Tola may be small, but she's very determined

Three delightful stories about Too Small Tola, a young girl who, though small, is very determined. Tola lives in a flat in Lagos with her sister, Moji, who is very clever; her brother, Dapo, who is very fast; and Grandmummy, who is very bossy. Tola proves to be stronger than she seems when she goes to market with Grandmummy and manages to carry home a basket full of yams and vegetables, chilli peppers and fish. When the taps in the flat don't work, it's Tola who brings water from the well, and it's Tola who saves the day when Mr Abdul, the tailor, needs his goods to be delivered quickly. Too Small Tola is a wonderful new character in the world of children's books by multi-award-winning children's writer and storyteller Atinuke.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 7+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406388916
  • Published: 02 Jan 2020
  • Price: £5.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 96

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Customer reviews


'Atinuke’s book is full of tiny, individual portraits, and the brilliant names evoke the kookiness of the characters.' The Irish Times

'Tola’s determination, compassion and generosity are celebrated in this positive portrayal of a contemporary Nigerian family… Splendid black-and-white drawings feature throughout, bringing the characters and location to life with warmth and humour.' BookTrust

'For five-plus, from the award-winning Atinuke, comes Too Small Tola (Walker), illustrated with lively charm by Onyinye Iwu.... witty, engaging stories of a little girl with a big personality.' The Guardian

'Featured in WRD magazine.' WRD

'All three stories are a pleasure to read, but a particular highlight is Easter and Eid, which sees Tola playing an important role in helping the community celebrate when unexpected circumstances occur.' The Scotsman

'Praise for Anna Hibiscus Delightful and vivid ... captures how it feels to be any little girl anywhere.' Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian

'If you loved Atinuke's Anna Hibiscus stories you will love these. They are fun to read alone (young independent readers), in a group or aloud to the whole class… I would definitely want Too Small Tola in my school library plus a set to be shared by all classes.' The School Librarian

'Too Small Tola is a wonderful new character in the world of children’s books by multi-award-winning children’s writer and storyteller Atinuke.' Wales Art Review

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